Thank you for your interest in the SBIC Program. You will find listed below instructions on how to submit your SBIC Program application materials as well as a link to download the forms. Before preparing an application for an SBIC License, we encourage you to participate in the Pre-Screening process to informally review your qualifications for the SBIC Program with an SBA Investment Officer.
How to Apply:
Applying for an SBIC license is a two-part process that begins with the submission of the Management Assessment Questionnaire (SBA Forms 2181 and 2183). Applicants may then be invited to move forward with the licensing process and submit a License Application (SBA Forms 2181 and 2182).
The Management Assessment Questionnaire ("MAQ"):
- Download the application materials using the link above.
- Complete the MAQ (SBA Form 2181 and SBA Form 2183) using Microsoft Word and Excel, or other compatible programs. Please do not submit these forms to SBA in non-editable formats such as Adobe PDF.
- Submit your MAQ via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line "MAQ Submission: [Insert Applicant Name]". Compress large files using WinZIP or another compatible program.
- Mail signed copies of each Exhibit D Certification page to the mailing address below. (Please DO NOT mail your entire MAQ to SBA. We only require hard copies of the Exhibit D certification pages. The remaining contents of the MAQ should be submitted electronically as instructed above)
U.S. Small Business Administration
c/o Scott Schaefer
409 3rd St., SW
Washington, DC 20416
The License Application:
Only applicants that have received a formal invitation ("green light" letter) to proceed to the licensing phase of the process may submit a License Application. The License Application consists of the same SBA Form 2181 used in the MAQ (updated where necessary) and SBA Form 2182. Unlike the MAQ, hard copy submissions of the entire License Application are required. Instructions on how to submit the License Application are outlined on page 6 of SBA Form 2181.